What is Upod Academy?

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Forbes-logoWhy Freelancers Need A Upod “Tribe.”

Upod Academy is a semi-secret workshop where freelancers come together to make big ideas happen. Whether the aim is learning the ropes of freelance writing, pushing to the next level or making a major career transition, the PodCad kicks it from crazy daydream to reality. We work in an intimate group setting, usually over a three-day weekend in Los Angeles, in an environment that’s safe but seriously challenging. Read the FAQ and come get motivated.

Malcolm Gladwell for Time Magazine by Bill Wadman, October 2008Our illustrious guests are the best in the biz. Recent speakers include Malcolm Gladwell, Gretchen Rubin, Meghan Daum, Susan Orlean, Maria “Brainpicker” Popova, Emily Bazelon, A.J. Jacobs and many more.

About Your Host

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Many cover stories ago, David Hochman created UPOD, an online resource and community for freelancers. Upod Academy grew (and grew…) from there. David’s work appears in The New York Times, Forbes, Details, Salon, Esquire, GQ, Food + Wine, Town & Country, Reader’s Digest, InStyle, Travel + Leisure and many other places.

Next Class

Pod Nights is back. The popular evening speaking series returns on May 20, 2015, with So You Wanna Be A Ghostwriter? Join host David Hochman and journalist and ghostest with the mostest Robert Abele for a lively Q&A. In person in Los Angeles and via call-in. Details and sign-up. 

Weekend Workshop & Nature Retreat in Los Angeles — June 13 and 14, 2015. One day intensive around the workshop table in Marina Del Rey. One day in nature at a park near the beach. Nuts & bolts + deep thinking about career goals = a weekend of breakthroughs. Details and sign-up.

You can also download our recent Upod Academy Freelance Basics Webinar as well as the March two-day webinar on personal essay writing, featuring assigning editors from O: The Oprah Magazine, More magazine and more.

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“Outrageously, spectacularly, almost diabolically useful” – Podnighter

Pod Nights, my popular speaker series on freelancing, is now available in streaming audio and MP3.  Click here to learn more, download and listen.

Oh, and you want to hear Malcolm Gladwell’s pep talk on freelancing from a recent PodCad? Here it is.

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Let’s go for a Pod Walk! My innovative new coaching method literally gets you and your career up and moving. Read the story I wrote about it in The New York Times. It’s a one-step-at-a-time approach to making positive changes and improvements in your professional life. Walk the talk, Podders!

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Hundreds of Stories Sold!

Since 2011, my students have sold hundreds of articles as a direct result of Upod Academy.* Click these links to read their work in Slate, The New York Times, Oprah’s magazine, Pacific Standard, Forbes, Men’s Journal, more New York Times, Lifehacker, Parade, Money, Tablet, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, more Forbes, more New York Times, DiscoverInStyle, Wine Enthusiast, Angeleno, Babble, Los Angeles Confidential, LA Weekly, Glamour, Learn Vest, Skiing Magazine, Salon, The Rotarian, Slate’s Photo Blog, Salon, Fast Company, Dame, Ladies Home Journal, Tablet again, Virtuoso Life, Mom.me, Hemispheres, Southwest’s Spirit Magazine, BlogHer, Billboard, Salon, Rolling Stone, The Daily, Family Fun, The Santa Fe Reporter, Red Bulletin, Babble, Blurt, Salon, Bathesda Magazine, MadeMan, Relix, Family Getaways, Saveur, Runner’s World, Los Angeles Magazine, Yankee Magazine and More (and more and…).

*This doesn’t include the radio shows, columnist gigs, agents and book projects, editing assignments, and full-time writing jobs they’ve landed!

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